When I tell you I count the days until Summer is here each year, I promise I am not exaggerating. I am always dying to get outside, to play, to run around with my small people, to absorb every ounce of sunshine Mother Nature is winning to give me AND all the free time we deserve after a year of being bound by a full schedule of school of multiple team sports.
My small people stay strong with travel baseball and softball from March through July…but we do try to make sure we still enjoy family time whenever possible.
Naturally, this means I’m always brainstorming some fabulous ideas of Summer Family Weekend Fun. Here are my favorite ideas:
10 Tips for Family Weekend Fun this Summer
1) Dis-organized Sports: After a full year of baseball, basketball, softball, flag football and lacrosse – complete with uniforms, strict practices, timeframes and coaches…head outside for a sporty, disorganized event. Bring the balls, the bats, invite the neighborhood kids if you want, combine rules and see what happens. Make it fun!
5) Go for a Hike – This is another ‘get outside’ moment. It isn’t something we do often enough, but there is such beauty in seeing nature, exploring the outdoors and talking to our kids about everything we see and experience.
6) Family Reading– The time we spend together reading, challenging our kids to pick up a book and lose themselves in their imagination can never be undervalued. At the beginning of the Summer, set individual and family reading goals and then check in periodically to see how you are doing. As a side note: plan Library dates as well.
8) Have a ‘Yes’ Day – This is a favorite for me…. announce early on a weekend that you will say ‘yes’ (Within reason) to whatever your kids request. Breakfast for dinner? Yes. Forts in the living room? Yes. Movie Day? Yes. You will be amazed how much fun you will have together.
9) Movie Day – Speaking of movie days…. plan one that allows you to curl up on the couch with everyone choosing a favorite, or make a day of it….heading out to lunch or dinner and seeing the ‘big premiere’ of the week.
10) Get Wet – You know I had to add this in here, right? What is Summer without sprinklers and getting wet in the back yard? Nothing makes my kids happier than this type of slippery craziness. And I, quite simply, can’t stop smiling.